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LONG    LANCE

hiding ourselves as much as possible, and creeping
upon the other unexpectedly—like the Indian
fights. Our fathers made us do that, so that we
would be good warriors when we grew up. Our
battles sometimes lasted for an hour or more.
When the big fight was over, the fellow having
the most scalps was the 'big brave' of the entire
camp of youngsters, and remained so for many
days afterward.

Following our battles we would hold a big vic-
tory-dance,, as our fathers did, and we would make
the first five boys holding the most scalps our
heroes at these fetes. As we danced our dance of
victory we would provide five special seats for
these distinguished 'warriors', and make the lesser
braves wait upon them and feed them, as they sat
stolidly and viewed the dance in their honour.
When we returned to our camp in the afternoon
and displayed our five 'biggest braves', our elders
would pat them on the back and tell them that
some day they would be great warriors like their
fathers; and we youngsters used to take this very
seriously. Our mothers and fathers greatly en-
couraged us to take part in the games of war, that
we might grow up to be "men of honour5.

When we were not out on our war skirmishes
we were contesting our strength and skill against
one another in camp. We were never idle; we
played incessantly.